Working is important for everyone in terms of self-realisation and better coping. Given the demographic developments in Estonia, it is very important to promote an inclusive labour market where everyone can participate.

The national employment policy offers support to people in the form of a number of labour market services and benefits, as well as unemployment benefits. During the period of unemployment it is important to support the economic livelihoods of people and invest in their skills, support vulnerable groups in the labour market, to help people remain in the labour market longer and perform better quality work.

The main role of the Ministry of Social Affairs in promoting employment is developing labour market policy and organising its implementation. A high employment rate is a prerequisite for a coherent society and sustainable economic growth. Activities carried out by the Ministry and within its area of government in the implementation of labour market policy are coordinated by the Department of Employment.

The Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund implements national labour market policy by providing labour market services and paying employment subsidies and benefits.

The State Shared Service Centre (SSSC) is the implementing unit for labour market projects that are applying for European Social Fund (ESF) funding from open application rounds and national programmes supported from the ESF.

Last updated: 24.08.2022